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Dianne Thompson

Dianne Thompson

Job

Chief executive

Company

Camelot Group

Work Telephone

+44 (0)1923 425000

Address

Tolpits Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 9RN

Born

New Year's Eve, 1950. n

Career highlights

Winning the second and third lottery licences and delivering long-term sales growth.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Being the only woman among 399 men at a dinner hosted by the British Handtool Manufacturers Association, where the opening welcome was: \"Lady and Gentlemen – yes, we have a lady...\"

Best thing about your job

Making Britain a better place by maximising returns to Good Causes. So far, National Lottery players have helped to raise more than £21 billion to do just that.

Worst thing about your job

Long hours and being a public face always on show – but that goes with the territory.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Just work really hard and be honest. And if you don't make it on the list that way first time, there's always next year.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

I can't choose any one person because there are so many heroines that I admire: Cilla Snowball for her warmth, her honesty and her charm. Rita Clifton for her elegance, her sheer intellect and her leadership. Lyndy Payne for being a person who nurtures and encourages.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

I would travel and take with me all those wonderful books and DVDs that I have promised myself for years I would take time to enjoy.

Your USP?

What you see is what you get.

What would you change about yourself?

I would be taller. The downside of being 5ft is being squeezed into the back corner of a lift that is full and not getting any oxygen.

Favourite media

It depends where I am. I love radio with a passion. Newspapers, of course, because I can read them when I'm on the go – and I love TV news in the evening. And I admit I am a great EastEnders fan – always a topic of conversation with my daughter, Jo.

Favourite shop

I do not have a favourite, but John Lewis and Harvey Nichols are great – and I love LK Bennett and Hobbs.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

That I was 5ft 3ins

How many toilets do you own?

Three.

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

My PA, Linda, who I was so lucky to find. Six-and-a-half years together – she's far more useful than any laptop or BlackBerry, and considerably more fun to be with too.

Lowdown

A big clubber – professional memberships, not night-time raves – Thompson is one of the most high-profile faces in marketing. She will still be basking in the success of Camelot's retention of the National Lottery licence last year and preparing for its renewal in 2009.


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